So, after many months waiting for the call to go and have my PCV practical training and test in Somerset, I’ve decided to go it alone. Having found a suitable driving school closer to home, I’ve booked an assessment drive for 2 weeks time, which is exciting but potentially costly. I’m waiting to see how long the instructor thinks it will take me to get to test standard before I take the plunge and book the lessons. I might have to save a few more pennies!
[Edit: this post was written in October 2010 so the information given here is out of date. However, there may still be some vehicles for sale at Quantock Heritage so my advice is to call 01984 624906 or 07736109513 to find out the latest news].
A number of buses in the Heritage Fleet at Quantock Motor Services are up for sale at the moment. Earlier this year the company moved from its old depot at Norton Fitzwarren to a smaller building right next to the West Somerset Railway station at Bishops Lydeard. Although the old depot was spacious it was also dilapidated and insecure. Not only that, it’s due to be flattened as part of the redevelopment of the Taunton Trading Estate.
Due to the smaller size of the new building, which also has to accommodate the modern bus and coach fleet, many historic buses and coaches will have to be sold. In fact some have already gone to new homes, such as the Hants & Dorset Bristol FLF, one of the 2 North Western Bristol Ls and the Ribble “White Lady”. There are others seeking new owners, some are runners and some are wrecks. Well, to put it more politely, “Restoration Projects“. There are a couple of pages on the Quantock website which give details of all the vehicles for sale but below I’ve listed some of the ready-to-run buses. All these will be sold with a new MOT, Class 5 or 6 as appropriate.